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Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot 03 - Poirot Investigates

'Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot 03 - Poirot Investigates'
POIROT INVESTIGATES (1924) Agatha Christie The Adventure of “The Western Star“ The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor The Adventure of the Cheap Flat The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge A Million Dollar Bond Robbery The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan The Kidnapped Prime Minister The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman The Case of the Missing Will The Veiled Lady The Lost Mine The Chocolate Box THE ADVENTURE OF “THE WESTERN STAR“ I was standing at the window of Poirot's rooms looking out idly on the street below. “That's queer,“ I ejaculated suddenly beneath my breath. “What is, mon ami?“ asked Poirot placidly, from the depths of his comfortable chair. “Deduce, Poirot, from the following facts! Here is a young lady, richly dressed - fashionable hat, magnificent furs. She is coming along slowly, looking up at the houses as she goes. Unknown to her, she is being shadowed by three men and a middle-aged woman. They have just been joined by an errand boy who points after the girl, gesticulating as he does so. What drama is this being played? Is the girl a crook, and are the shadowers detectives preparing to arrest her? Or are they the scoundrels, and are they plotting to attack an innocent victim? What does the great detective say?“ “The great detective, mon ami, chooses, as ever, the simplest course. He rises to see for himself.“ And my friend joined me at the window. In a minute he gave vent to an amused chuckle. “As usual, your facts are tinged with your incurable romanticism. That is Miss Mary Marvell, the film star. She is being followed by a bevy of admirers who have recognized her. And, en passant, my dear Hastings, she is quite aware of the fact!“ I laughed. “So all is explained! But you get no marks for that, Poirot. It was a mere matter of recognition.“ “En vérité! And how many times have you seen Mary Marvell on the screen, mon cher?“ I thought. “About a dozen times perhaps.“ “And I - once! Yet I recognize her, and you do not.“ “She looks so different,“ I replied rather feebly. “Ah! Sacré!“ cried Poirot. “Is it that you expect her to promenade herself in the streets of London in a cowboy hat, or with bare feet, and a bunch of curls, as an Irish colleen? Always with you it is the non-essentials! Remember the case of the dancer, Valerie Saintclair.“ I shrugged my shoulders, slightly annoyed. “But console yourself, mon ami,“ said Poirot, calming down. “All cannot be as Hercule Poirot! I know it well.“ “You really have the best opinion of yourself of anyone I ever knew!“ I cried, divided between amusement and annoyance. “What will you? When one is unique, one knows it! And others share that opinion - even, if I mistake not, Miss Mary Marvell.“ “What?“ “Without doubt. She is coming here.“ “How do you make that out?“ “Very simply. This street, it is not aristocratic, mon ami! In it there is no fashionable doctor, no fashionable dentist - still less is there a fashionable milliner! But th
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